Auckland Cricket takes prompt action April 18, 2005

Canning fined over nightclub incident

Cricinfo staff

What was an excellent season on the field for Tama Canning was spoilt after a late-night drinking session left him red-faced and out of pocket.

Canning allegedly urinated over a bar in an Auckland nightclub last week. He told an Auckland Cricket Association (ACA) meeting that he had no recollection of the incident, but accepted that his behaviour at the bar was inappropriate due to his heavy consumption of alcohol on the night.

After discussion of the alleged incident Canning acknowledged he was in breach of his Domestic Playing Agreement, and that his actions were clearly not in the best interests of the ACA or himself.

As a result, he was fined an undisclosed amount by the ACA, while a support programme will be put in place to ensure there is no repetition of the incident.

"This is an extremely unfortunate incident that reflects very badly on Tama after he had enjoyed a successful season on the field," said Andrew Eade, the ACA's chief executive. "He deeply regrets his behaviour and understands that it is totally unacceptable if he wishes to remain part of Auckland cricket in the future."

Canning and the ACA have both apologised to the nightclub.